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Forward Madison held an online chat with Eric Wynalda and Jesse Marsch, and it’s fantastic

There are some great Chicago Fire stories in this

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Eric Wynalda with the Chicago Fire in 2001

There may not be any games at the moment, but there’s been massive amount of interesting sports content coming out during the COVID-19 shutdown. At some points, it’s almost felt overwhelming. But, if you’re a Chicago Fire fan, a Forward Madison fan, or if you’re interested in coaching in general, you absolutely need to carve out an hour for the latest edition of “Just Coffee with the ‘Mingos.”

Red Bull Salzburg Manager Jesse Marsch and Las Vegas Lights Manager Eric Wynalda joined Forward Madison Manager Daryl Shore and Digital Media Director Kuba Krzyzostaniak on the show. Shore was an assistant manager for the Fire for a decade, and all three worked together on the loaded 2001 Fire, which was Wynalda’s final MLS season.

I don’t want to give away too much, but there are some fantastic stories in this:

  • Wynalda on a training battle that left Bob Bradley bloody: “I remember when Nowak kicked Bob in the face”
  • Marsch talks about the differences between soccer in the U.S. and in Germany and Austria
  • Wynalda on what Bradley told him when he got to Chicago, and how he applies that today in Las Vegas
  • Marsch on the Red Bulls trading Dax McCarty to Chicago, because Tyler Adams was on the rise, and what it was like coaching Erling Haaland in Salzburg
  • Shore on the 2001 Fire: “We were almost too good.”
  • Marsch on Milwaukee’s Highbury Pub - “The best soccer pub in America.”

Even if you’re not a big Fire fan, there’s a lot in here about youth player development, and other general soccer stuff to keep you interested. Check it out!